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Sidney R. Baer Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

The Sidney R. Baer Inpatient Consultation Service Team

The Sidney R. Baer Inpatient Consultation
Service Team 2008/2009




The Sidney R. Baer Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry provides clinical and research training for physicians who have completed a residency in neurology. Consideration will be given to physicians with other training backgrounds who have unique qualifications.  The program fulfills the requirements for subspecialty certification in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties. In most years, there is one fellow but up to three may be accepted into our program each academic year. Applications are accepted from late April through December of the preceding year with interviews being completed by December. Visiting rotations for Neurology and Psychiatry residents from other programs are encouraged but not required.

Our fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for a career in academic behavioral neurology through providing a firm grounding in the basic fundamentals of behavioral neurology clinical practice and mentorship for the initiation of writing and research projects. The standard fellowship experience encompasses one year with an option to extend for a second year. Depending on the fellow’s interest and research project(s), about 50% of his/her time is spent in supervised clinical behavioral neurology practice, 25% in teaching activities and 25% in research training. During training, the fellows will participate in an outpatient behavioral neurology clinic, twice weekly inpatient multidisciplinary Neurobehavioral Rounds, inpatient consultations at McLean Hospital, Neuroradiology Rounds at McLean Hospital, Neurobehavioral Rounds at Massachusetts General Hospital, Journal Club, monthly meetings of the Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Neurobehavioral Rounds at Tewksbury Hospital. Options for additional experiences in conjunction with neuropsychology, EEG, electroconvulsive therapy and neuroimaging are available at either McLean Hospital or Massachusetts General Hospital. Fellows are expected to present research results at regional and national meetings and to submit their work for publication in peer-reviewed journals.  This fellowship is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.


Salary support for our fellows may come from two general sources.  One fellow per year is supported by funds provided by private foundations. Other accepted fellows are supported by individual grants obtained by the fellows.

In summary, the Sidney R. Baer Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry is looking to attract highly motivated, bright, energetic individuals with a strong foundation in clinical neuroscience. Those physicians who do come to train with us will receive the finest educational experience available and will develop into outstanding behavioral neurologists/neuropsychiatrists.   

McLean Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Tewksbury Hospital


The behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry program at McLean Hospital comprises an interdisciplinary group of health and behavior specialists including behavioral neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists and addiction specialists.  The faculty is committed to the teaching and training of psychiatry and neurology residents and behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry fellows in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.


Bruce H. Price, M.D.  Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Miles Cunningham, M.D., PhD. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Evan D. Murray, M.D. Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Tony Joseph, M.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Michael Sperber, M.D., Instructor in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital


McLean Hospital is a 177 bed inpatient and residential psychiatric hospital that ranks first in the nation amongst residential psychiatric facilities and is a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The Department of Neurology at McLean Hospital is affiliated with that of Massachusetts General Hospital which is also ranked amongst the finest training programs in the country.  McLean Hospital ranks among the top 15 hospitals nation wide for National Institute of Health support.  It is home to the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, the largest "brain bank" in the world. The Department of Neurology at McLean Hospital is home to the new Center for Law, Brain and Behavior which is dedicated to promoting awareness of decision making impairments in persons with brain disorders, facilitating the translation of neuroscience into the judicial system and fostering advancements in medical care and legal protections to improve quality of life.   

The inpatient Neurology Consultation Service provides consultation to all of McLean Hospitals many inpatient units including those specializing in eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety,  schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and geriatric psychiatry.  The fellows have primary responsibility for the inpatient consultation service and the supervision of between one and three resident rotators from Psychiatry and/or Neurology. This includes performing initial workups, daily patient follow-ups, acting as the liaison between attending physicians and house-staff, and monthly Journal Club presentations. The outpatient clinic accepts primarily behaviorally and cognitively oriented neurological consultation requests frequently addressing behavioral issues in the setting of traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, demyelinating disorders, movement disorders, cognitive decline, dementias, stroke, sleep disorders, and psychiatric illness. Fellows training in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry in the Sidney R. Baer Fellowship enjoy an excellent patient mix.


We initially require a letter describing your interest and objectives in sub-specializing in behavioral neurology, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference.  Candidate interviews will be scheduled after the above materials have been reviewed. For more information please contact Dylan Smith at

McLean Hospital
Department of Neurology
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02464
617 855 2354